Since I did that HP tx1000 post two weeks ago and the Lenovo X60 post yesterday, I figured I should go ahead and do a Toshiba Portege R400 post (and like with Lenovo, I wouldn’t mind a free one, but I doubt that’ll happen).
When you take the R400 out of the box and feel it in your hand for the first time, a audible *WOW* is likely to escape from your lips. The simple elegance of the high gloss piano white finish combined with high gloss Piano black trim of the R400 makes a for a great first impression. This is without question the most elegant computer design I’ve seen.
One of the main things we wanted to see at CES this year was the new Toshiba R400 Tablet PC. Today we got that chance in multiples! In this two part GottaBeMobile InkShow, we were able to get our hands on this new piece of hardware for a quick on the floor look and walkaround, plus got a full demonstration by Kevin Roberts, the product manager at Toshiba responsible for this machine.
The Good: Nice design; e-mail and battery alerts even when computer is closed; bright display; elegant hingeThe Bad: Expensive; short battery life; lacks internal CD drive
The Bottom Line: Buyers on a budget may want to look elsewhere
With Apple MacBook-like looks, a fantastic widescreen display and the kind of portability usually found in Lenovo ThinkPads, Toshiba’s Portégé R400 is the most groundbreaking Tablet PC eWEEK Labs has tested. Unfortunately, users will pay for the innovation—in terms of both price and performance.
Which brings is to the option-wealthy Toshiba Portégé R400, which has a touchscreen display, allowing it to be used as a tablet, as well as a tiny OLED screen that’s visible when the computer is closed. This Personal Information Assistant can only display one line of text and a few icons, but it lets you scroll through e-mail headers when new messages hit your Outlook inbox. No one, not even James Bond or Jason Bourne, needs this sort of preview feature, but it’s certainly cool.